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Assessing user perceptions of the interplay between the sharing, access, platform and community‐based economies

Andrea Geissinger (School of Business, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden) (The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)
Christofer Laurell (Center for Sports and Business, Stockholm School of Economics, Institute of Research, Stockholm, Sweden)
Christina Öberg (The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Christian Sandström (The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Yuliani Suseno (Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 21 February 2020

Issue publication date: 18 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Digitally intermediated peer-to-peer exchanges have accelerated in occurrence, and as a consequence, they have introduced an increased pluralism of connotations. Accordingly, this paper aims to assess user perceptions of the interplay between the sharing, access, platform, and community-based economies.

Design/methodology/approach

The sharing, access, platform, and community-based economies have been systematically tracked in the social media landscape using Social Media Analytics (SMA). In doing so, a total material of 62,855 publicly posted user-generated content concerning the four respective economies were collected and analyzed.

Findings

Even though the sharing economy has been conceptually argued to be interlinked with the access, platform, and community-based economies, the empirical results of the study do not validate this interlinkage. Instead, the results regarding user perceptions in social media show that the sharing, access, platform, and community-based economies manifest as clearly separated.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to existing literature by offering an empirical validation, as well as an in-depth understanding, of the sharing economy's interlinkage to other economies, along with the extent to which the overlaps between these economies manifest in social media.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation for funding. Authors are listed alphabetically, and all authors contributed equally.

Citation

Geissinger, A., Laurell, C., Öberg, C., Sandström, C. and Suseno, Y. (2020), "Assessing user perceptions of the interplay between the sharing, access, platform and community‐based economies", Information Technology & People, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 1037-1051. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-12-2019-0649

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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